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David Leffel at the Frederick Weisman Museum of Art

John Seed | Posted 08.15.2016 | Arts
John Seed

David Leffel’s recent retrospective exhibition, which was on view at the Frederick Weisman Museum of Art at Pepperdine University between May 14th a...

Bo Bartlett: The Intermediary

John Seed | Posted 06.20.2016 | Arts
John Seed

In early 1991, art critic Roberta Smith looked over Bo Bartlett’s painting God—a sweeping image of a black man, poised in front of a sweeping coas...

Campanile's Paramount Shift

Brandon Kralik | Posted 05.11.2016 | Arts
Brandon Kralik

After a 50 year career as a representational painter Dario Campanile has chosen a significant shift in his style. Let me reword that, he said to me in...

Empathy, Humanism and Liberalism: Today's Realism is Anything But Conservative

John Seed | Posted 03.21.2016 | Arts
John Seed

There is a bias that seems to be rapidly fading these days, but I still run into it from time to time: realist painting traces its roots back to the grand European traditions, is inherently "conservative."

Democratic Ideals Versus Realpolitik, a Populist Struggle for All Times

Matt Jordan | Posted 02.03.2016 | Politics
Matt Jordan

That the establishment would fight back against an insurgent populist is no surprise. Indeed, many progressives are reading this as a good thing, a sign that their candidate is authentic. Crowds at Sanders' events continue to grow and Monday in Iowa, despite an unprecedented cold shoulder from the party leadership, he beat expectations.

Romantic or Realist?

Dr. Logan Levkoff | Posted 01.25.2016 | Women
Dr. Logan Levkoff

I won't make you read until the end to figure out my answer. I believe that the answer is actually an important starting point. So, drum roll please, I am a realist. I am not a romantic. I get that this may come as a surprise considering my professional field is human sexuality and relationships.

The ARC Live Salon!

Brandon Kralik | Posted 01.04.2016 | Arts
Brandon Kralik

The Art Renewal Center (ARC) has collaborated with the Museu Eruopeu d'Art Modern (MEAM) in Barcelona and the Salmagundi Club in New York to present the International ARC Salon Exhibition. Now the exhibition travels to New York where it opens on Jan. 18th at the Salmagundi Club.

WATCH: Was Young Kissinger An Idealist?

The WorldPost | Farah_Mohamed | Posted 10.15.2015 | World

If you look closely at Henry Kissinger’s senior thesis at Harvard and his early writings when he was far from the realms of power, would you conclud...

How I Handle The Ugly Odds of Marriage

Elli Thompson Purtell | Posted 09.18.2015 | Weddings
Elli Thompson Purtell

Hope is the very seed of marriage. Without it, we have no chance of growing. Yes, some of us may get temporarily battered down by storms. Some of us may eventually wilt and wither to nothing. Some of us may die and find rebirth in an entirely new seed of hope. But what good is planting a seed in the first place if you don't have 100 percent faith that it will grow?

Cinemia: Cancer Goes to the Movies

Bret Hoekema | Posted 09.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Bret Hoekema

Perfect viewing for any old Tuesday night. The Broken Circle Breakdown is a transcendent meditation on what it means to be alive and where we go when we die. It speaks to the cancer experience without being a cancer movie. I'm not interested in any other kind.

My Interview With Max Ginsburg

Sara Zielinski | Posted 06.15.2016 | Arts
Sara Zielinski

I recently visited painter Max Ginsburg in his studio to talk about his his politically and emotionally charged paintings. For more than sixty years, Ginsburg has painted from life.

Hyperrealistic Sculptures Challenge The Meaning Of 'Average American'

The Huffington Post | Colton Valentine | Posted 06.16.2015 | Arts

“What really lingers with us [...] is their mood of stoicism; or perhaps not their stoicism, but their indifference, or even their resignation -- ra...

We Are All Neoliberals Now: The New Genre of Plastic Realism in American Fiction

Anis Shivani | Posted 06.12.2016 | Books
Anis Shivani

More than a decade after the first strong signals of the collapse (or at least the twilight) of the American empire, there is yet to be a melancholic reckoning with the decline of empire.

Nuclear Realism

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.29.2016 | Politics
Robert Koehler

There's a category of political intellectuals who proudly proclaim themselves "realists," then proceed to defend and advance a deeply faith-based agenda that centers on the ongoing necessity to prepare for war, including nuclear war.

"Frankie Coolin" -- a Quiet Gem

Roger Wright | Posted 02.06.2015 | Books
Roger Wright

When the writers who are Chicago's eternal gift to literature gather in the smoky dark spilled beer taverns of heaven to share their best work, Bill Granger will be bringing along Time For Frankie Coolin.

12 Hyperrealistic Tattoos That Will Make Your Jaw Drop

Mik Thobo-Carlsen | Posted 01.31.2015 | Arts
Mik Thobo-Carlsen

This post is dedicated to taking a closer look at the work of some of the best realistic tattooers in the world. Realistic tattoos are inspired by the Realism Art Movement. The popularity of realistic tattoos has grown tremendously over the years and some have become viral sensations on social media.

The Da Vinci Initiative

Brandon Kralik | Posted 11.30.2014 | Arts
Brandon Kralik

The stone has been thrown. The splash is being made and as the repercussions arc across the surface of the representational revolution, they are intercepted as inspiration, as ideas, and The Da Vinci Initiative is capitalizing on them.

This Hyperrealist Paintings Capture The Small Magical Moments Of Living In New York

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 08.29.2014 | Arts

New York is an towering city teeming with people, so depicting its small intimate, moments on canvas -- not to mention its moods, its complexity, or e...

An Eggplant With A Yolk? These Fruits And Veggies Are Not What They Seem!

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 08.06.2014 | Arts

What you see is definitely not an orange.

We Can't Stop Staring At These Hyperrealistic Depictions Of Innards And Guts

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 07.25.2014 | Arts

We're not sure exactly what it is that we're looking at here, but we can't look away. Pristine plastic baggies pumped with innards and guts dangle mys...

The Enduring Legacy of Clark Hulings

Brandon Kralik | Posted 08.02.2014 | Arts
Brandon Kralik

Clark Hulings was an American master painter who was said to be able to describe air itself with paint. Surviving, even thriving, as a realist painter throughout the second half of the 20th century was no easy feat but Hulings had the talent and dedication.

Cooking Art History: Savoring Silence

Maite Gomez-Rejon | Posted 06.29.2014 | Taste
Maite Gomez-Rejon

The way we taste food is far more complex than flavor alone.

In This Naughty Candyland, Things Aren't As Sweet As They Seem (NSFW)

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 04.02.2014 | Arts

Imagine a place rife with layered cakes, pastel-hued fondant, cotton candy tufts and cherries-on-top, where scantily clad women -- including Katy Perr...

Novorealism Aims High at TRAC 2014

Brandon Kralik | Posted 04.29.2014 | Arts
Brandon Kralik

I come from the Nerdrum School myself, and find many similarities with this group that is organized in California and see them as one of many pockets of painters who are striving for the same lofty goal: to paint like the Odd Masters, or better!

Religious Idealism vs. Worldly Realities -- Part 2

Richard W. Kropf | Posted 04.01.2014 | Religion
Richard W. Kropf

In a previous post, where I contrasted the views of the political "Left" with those of the "Right," I pointed out that both right and left really do claim to hold the same goal: a prosperous and relatively decent life for every human being on the planet. The only real argument seems to be on how to actually achieve it.